21 October 2016
Celebrating Deepavali 2016
Commissioned by the NSW State Government, we transformed the Opera House's sails into a glowing beacon of light in acknowledgement of this worldwide celebration.
7 September 2016
Sydney celebrates the Rio Paralympics 2016
The projection treatment was based on the green and gold team colours, as well as the striking indigenous motif designed by Balarinji that appears on the Australian Paralympic Team's uniforms. The projection was further enhanced by subtly animated glints of light that swept over the sails.
5 August 2016
Sydney Opera House lights up for Rio 2016
The western sails were bathed in the official Australian Olympic Team's colours of green and gold, with its logo shimmering in the centre. The Electric Canvas was honoured to be involved with this event and to cheer on our country's Olympians through the art of projection mapping.
3 July 2016
Projecting Bangarra for NAIDOC Week
With only three days notice, The Electric Canvas had to act quickly. It was a challenge finding a suitable location for the projection equipment, ensuring that the appropriate site logistics were in place and that all stakeholders were onboard with the project. The result is a stunning visual presentation atop Sydney's grandest train station in celebration of the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
27 May 2016
'WildLight - The Bio-Kinetic City' for Vivid Sydney at Chatswood
At the precinct's hub, the metallic blades of The Concourse came to life with a projection son et lumière entitled, 'Gondwana Light Lab'. The show explored the evolution of dinosaurs from the deepest ocean abysses, to the valleys, peaks and plains of terra firma, to the highest reaches of the skies. Also at The Concourse, the pool of reflection was transformed into a 'Primordial Pond' featuring projections into three giant dinosaur eggs veiled in lighting, visual, sound and water effects. Erth presented 'Exoskeleton Encounter' in which members of the public could climb into mechanical dinosaur frames and roam fearlessly around stalking their prey.
'Neon Dino Nights' was a tongue-in-cheek collection of animated projections created in the retro style of Hong Kong and Tokyo’s neon skylines, illuminating Westfield Chatswood's Anderson Street overpass. We also developed a fun public participation component using social media which gave visitors the chance to see their name ‘up in lights’ within the projections.
'Stomping Ground' was a huge hit with younger Vivid-goers who had fun chasing all manner of prehistoric creatures along the ground in Chatswood Mall. We used our ultra-high definition 4K Christie Boxers to project onto the Mall, resulting in extremely sharp imagery when viewed from a standing position.
Chatswood Interchange was transformed into the 'Prehistoric Aviary' with giant bird-like reptiles created by Erth flying high above, bathed in coloured lights. The public could hop aboard a pedal-powered machine to help the avian creatures take flight. 'Bridge of Illusions' on the podium level captivated passers-by with optical illusions. Real-time projections of the activity below created the illusion that the bridge had magically disappeared, while prehistoric flying creatures appeared to swoop beneath the bridge.
The youngest visitors to Vivid Chatswood had their own magical immersive experience inside the 'Luminarium', in a unique daytime activation at Chatswood Chase. Children dressed up in special diving suits and entered into the Luminarium to encounter the wonders that exist at the bottom of the ocean. Erth created stunning bioluminescent jellyfish that changed colour as the children moved with them through the experience. The Electric Canvas projected prehistoric marine life to crawl, swim and float all around them.
Photos courtesy of Willoughby City Council
4 March 2016
TEC lights up Canberra for Enlighten
This year, many of the event's installations featured the theme of rabbits. The Electric Canvas also created several works paying homage to these furry creatures, including selected projections onto the National Library of Australia, Questacon, the National Portait Gallery and the Museum of Australian Democracy. In addition we designed projections for Australian Parliament House and the National Gallery of Australia.
The Electric Canvas also mentored six artists in the craft of architectural projections and these works were included in the projections. Canberrans and visitors alike once again enjoyed the 'Cathedral of Light', our interactive lighting installation featuring the beams of twelve searchlights soaring up to the sky.
20 February 2016
White Night Melbourne 2016
White Night shifted the projection spotlight from the heritage façades of Flinders Street that we'd transformed over the past three years to the contemporary architecture of Federation Square. "Federation2 (squared)" took the geometric forms of Rennie's artwork (which explores his Aboriginal identity and association to the Kamilaroi people) and translated it to the sandstone, zinc and glass surfaces of 11 faces of the Fed Square buildings. Using both digital and PIGI projection technology, The Electric Canvas' artists mapped and animated Rennie's visually stunning works onto this iconic urban landscape in the heart of Melbourne.
In Carlton Gardens, the Royal Exhibition Building was the backdrop to a stunning projection piece created by Ballarat-based Indigenous art collective, Pitcha Makin Fellas, and Portuguese creative studio, Ocubo. The Electric Canvas provided the digital projection system and on-site delivery for this amazing show, which told the story of the six Aboriginal seasons using a unique blend of wit and artistry.
12 February 2016
TEC Illuminates the Adelaide Fringe
Festival Director, Heather Croall, asked us to explore the wonderful and whacky theme of circuses and fairgrounds for the University buildings. “The Circus is in Town” on Bonython Hall displays a fanciful animated circus that has its roots in the circus traditions of the 19th Century. “FingerPaint Fanfare” on Elder Hall is an interactive experience where participants are invited to create their own projection artwork based on either a circus theme or musical motifs. “Roll Up, Roll Up!” transforms the Mitchell Building into an amazing moving billboard using the fabulous posters, postcards and photographs from the collection of the UK’s National Fairground Archive.
The projection onto the Art Gallery of South Australia is a wonderful collaboration between The Electric Canvas and one of the featured artists of the 2016 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Arts, Tom Moore. “The Bureau of Comical Ecologies” is based on Moore’s incredible glass artworks. The projection plays with the Art Gallery’s façade and takes the viewer on a journey through a metamorphic landscape that regenerates and challenges reality.
11 December 2015
Projecting Christmas for Brisbane
The final instalment in the trilogy saw the return of our hero characters, Clara and The Nutcracker, as they make a perilous journey through the Land of Sweets with the Mouse King and Queen and their army of mice soldiers in hot pursuit. Once again, The Electric Canvas' artists excelled in bringing the story to life with intricately animated 3D characters and scenes.
An additional element of the event was to the creation of complementary scenes for the pantomime playing in King George Square every evening prior to the commencement of the projection show. As with the two previous years, large crowds gathered in front of Brisbane City Hall to revel in the projections that were accompanied by a glorious custom soundtrack with hints of the original Nutcracker score by Tchaikovsky.
3 December 2015
City of Perth Christmas goes digital
The projections were based on a series of thematic treatments that visually celebrated Christmas scenes from diverse European countries. They also featured a cheeky local hero character, Queenie the Quokka from Quindalup, who travelled throughout the continent during Christmas.
27 November 2015
A very Melbourne Christmas by TEC
The intricate architectural detail of the Town Hall was transformed into iconic Melburnian scenes that were discovered by the show's hero characters, two children named Lili and Freddy. As they travelled past the Yarra River and the Arts Centre, to the Queen Victoria Markets, the MCG and Docklands, Lili, Freddy and the audience, encountered the items from "The Twelve Days of Christmas".The building's majestic clock tower was transformed into a Partridge in a Pear Tree, Six Geese bobbed up and down on a merry-go-round at the Royal Melbourne Zoo and Nine Ladies Dancing hip-hopped their way across the building in a street art inspired lane way scene. The themes of the song echoed throughout the fun and engaging custom soundtrack in perfect accompaniment to the mapped animation.
26 November 2015
City of Sydney Christmas Projections
The grand entrance and clock tower of the Westin Sydney hotel (formerly the GPO) was adorned with intricately mapped digital projections to highlight and transform the detail of the building's heritage façade. A series of quintessential Sydney Christmas scenes danced across the pillars, archways and sculptures within the architecture.
Two adjacent buildings on George Street housing the Burberry flagship store and the Bank of New South Wales were the canvases for complementary PIGI projection treatments which could be seen from afar in Martin Place. An unexpected Christmas present, viewable from George Street, popped up high on the top of Challis House in Martin Place to the delight of passers-by who caught a glimpse of the surprise PIGI projection.
21 November 2015
The Electric Canvas in New Taipei City
The approximately 30 metre tall Christmas tree is a deceptively challenging structure to project onto. The 360 degrees of its surface can be viewed all the way around and from all angles. The show therefore needed to be seen and understood by every audience member, regardless of their relative position to the tree. Furthermore, the lower part of the tree is below ground level and only visible by the audience standing close to it. So we also had to ensure that the main characters and content of the story would be visible to people who were far away from the tree.
The projection shows were based on a set of pre-existing illustrated characters known as the Bear Family that New Taipei City had commissioned for the general theming of Christmasland and which our artists brought to life on the Christmas Tree. Two lighthearted and quirky soundtracks were composed by local musician, Lee Szu-hui, to provide an additional touch of magic to the projections. The projections were enjoyed by huge crowds throughout the holiday season and brought a unique and engaging new element to the Christmasland event.
12 November 2015
Opera House lights up for Deepavali
The Electric Canvas was invited by the NSW State Government to transform the sails of the Sydney Opera House into a golden glowing symbol of light on the night of 12th November in celebration of Deepavali 2015.
Photo courtesy of NSW Department of Premier & Cabinet
10 September 2015
TEC plays the Concert For Life
We wrapped the exquisite forms of the Sydney Town Hall's Grand Organ in projections to accompany the majestic sounds of the orchestra. The Electric Canvas chose to utilise our state-of-the-art Christie Boxer 4K30 projectors with cinema 4K resolution to map highly detailed imagery to the contours of the central pipes and ornamental façade of the organ. Christie Roadie HD18K projectors were used to cover the two outer organ panels.
The Orchestra for Life consisted of members of the Sydney Symphony and Australian Chamber Orchestra, led by maestro Roger Benedict. Uplifting pieces by Prokofiev, Mozart (featuring virtuoso oboe soloist Diana Doherty) and Beethoven enchanted the audience.
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7 August 2015
TEC at Netball World Cup Sydney 2015
The hour long Opening Ceremony featured a highly-entertaining cultural program, the likes of which had never been witnessed at a Netball World Cup. Creative director, Jane Miskovic-Wheatley, turned the arena into a theatrical space to tell the story of netball through the ages in music and dance with some 350 cast members. The Electric Canvas created digital projections onto the court that lent the show a stunning visual narration and perfectly complemented the live performance.
Our creative team worked closely with Miskovic-Wheatley to transform the space via projection. A sandstone island surrounded by a rippling ocean, the many types of netball courts the game has been played on since its 1890s beginnings and a sea of blue flames licking at the heels of the dancers, were just a few of the treatments created. Miskovic-Wheatley comments, "I cannot thank you enough for the simply brilliant work you created for the Netball World Cup Opening Ceremony. Your work took the Ceremony to a place I know no one ever expected it to be, totally transforming the sports space into a unique and beautiful theatrical space, and the Ceremony would have been nowhere near what it was without TEC."
27 June 2015
The Electric Canvas returns to Sovereign Hill
The Electric Canvas returned to the world-renowned outdoor museum of Sovereign Hill in Ballarat to create a winter wonderland for its increasingly popular "Christmas in July" holiday event. By day, patrons could enhance their visit with special Christmas-themed activities. By night, we brought the building façades along Main Street to life through the magic of light and sound.
This year we increased the number of building façades covered to fifteen, thus creating the largest event footprint that The Electric Canvas has ever achieved. Nine different yuletide themes featuring playful animations decorated the buildings and we created a custom soundtrack to add an extra touch of magic to the experience.
26 June 2015
Terminator Genisys at Luna Park
We took the entrance to Luna Park in Sydney and transformed its iconic face and flanking towers into a hi-tech but tongue-in-cheek treatment featuring images, characters and titles from the movie.
It was important to highlight the architectural detail of the towers and to ensure that any photorealistic elements remained highly recognisable and undistorted by the structure's unique forms. The complex curves of the entrance face had to be treated with care, so we decided on a partial reveal of the Terminator's metal skeleton and infrared eye to give a nod to the celebrated character.
25 May 2015
TEC at Vivid Path to the Future
In "Space", our talented team of artists chose to explore the relationship between the individual viewer and virtual spaces, as well as the power of the conscious and subconscious mind in processing and understanding the perception of space. The viewer followed the journey of an abstract creature as it travelled through an imagined world of micro and macro. Wondrous spaces were fleetingly revealed; a quick glimpse, a flash of light and colour, and often only a partial look at any one time. The true sense of these varied spaces would only fully establish within the viewer’s mind.
"Space" juxtaposed macro and micro, narrow and wide spaces, realistic, abstract and imagined spaces in order to connect them in the audiences’ minds and evoke emotional reactions. An evocative soundtrack painted an acoustic picture of each space and accompanied the ever-changing abstract creature, as it travelled across the façade of the Quadrangle creating the triggers that caused the spaces to light up.
22 May 2015
Lighting The Sails and more for Vivid Sydney 2015
The Opera House's Western Foyer was transformed into an immersive gallery space, with its six window booths and northern and southern walls utilised as projection canvases, as was the ceiling above the main box office staircase. It was essential that the installation be neat and unobtrusive, but also delivered the light power required to create great visual impact. The Electric Canvas chose its revolutionary solid-state laser phosphor Christie™ projectors for the Western Foyer windows. High-power DLP technology was deployed to project the works on the northern and southern walls, as well as above the box office stairs. We also provided audio interfaces to deliver the accompanying soundscapes for two of the works, complimenting the immersive experience for the public.
Ben Marshall, curator of Vivid Live, comments, “We are enormously grateful for the terrific work The Electric Canvas has put in to realise the joyous, celebratory, exploration of the mark of the human hand that is Universal Everything's imagery for Lighting the Sails this year. This project is possibly the Sydney Opera House's most public facing moment each year and one of Australia's biggest public art moments, so we appreciate being in good hands when realising an artistic vision on this scale.”
14 May 2015
TEC wins Live Design Excellence Award
The Excellence Awards are voted by the readers of Live Design, the premier creative and technical resource for live entertainment professionals in lighting, sound, staging and projection. It's truly an honour to be singled out by our industry peers.
22 April 2015
Australian War Memorial Anzac Day 2015
Over five consecutive evenings, from dusk until dawn, we projected images of Australia's wartime history and the names of every theatre of war where Anzac men and women have served onto the Memorial building.
To mark the Centenary of Anzac, a special series of World War I images were selected to be projected on the eve of Anzac Day prior to the commencement of the Dawn Service.
27 February 2015
TEC lights up Enlighten 2015
Our 'canvases' this year were Parliament House, the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, the National Portrait Gallery, Questacon and the National Gallery of Australia. We also mentored a group of lecturers and students from the Australian National University who developed artworks that we projected on the National Library of Australia.
In addition to "Mechanemotion", an original animated work by The Electric Canvas, the façade of the National Portrait Gallery displayed a series of animated projections created by students and lecturers of the Academy of Interactive Entertainment. On the National Gallery of Australia we paid homage to the exhibition inside, James Turrell: A Retrospective, by projecting images of his work "Virtually squared 2014" onto the gallery's exterior.
Our "Circle of Light" interactive searchlight installation proved popular with the public once again. Participants were able to manipulate the movement and colours of twelve thin but powerful beams of light, creating sculptures of light high in the night sky.
22 February 2015
Chinese New Year Twilight Parade 2015
2015’s Twilight Parade honoured all things sheep, with lanterns, floats and projections lighting up city streets and buildings. Dozens of floats and almost 3,000 performers paraded from Sydney Town Hall to Chinatown, ending with fireworks at Darling Harbour.
The Electric Canvas wrapped the Woolworths building and the Novotel Rockford with golden merinos, gambolling lambs and "Ovis Aries" of all shapes and sizes. Our artists created animated and static projection treatments spanning different styles and techniques to complement the parade's entertainment below.
21 February 2015
A White Night Melbourne Wonderland
The Electric Canvas' creative team had fun reinterpreting the characters from Alice in Wonderland, transforming the façades of six contiguous buildings along Flinders Street, from Chapter House Lane to the iconic Forum Theatre. Bold colours and playful designs conjured up classic scenes from the story to the delight of the White Night crowds.
New to the Wonderful footprint this year was an animated projection onto the entrance of Flinders Street Station opposite Degraves Street. Set to an ethereal soundtrack composed by Russell Goldsmith, our artists created a piece exploring the slightly darker features of the story. The result was a mysterious and magical piece of architectural theatre that captured the public's imagination.
The Electric Canvas also collaborated on "4 Elements", the projection piece by Portuguese collective, Ocubo, on the façade of the Royal Exhibition Building. Providing digital projection equipment as well as technical support and advice, we helped ensure a highly successful show for Nuno Maya and his team.
18 December 2014
A Christmas Wonderland for Noumea
"Nouméa Féerie" was held over ten days during the Christmas holiday period and took place in and around the "Place des cocotiers", an expansive park in Noumea's city centre. The Electric Canvas was appointed to create and deliver this unprecedented project - an initiative of the Mayor of Noumea - and set about transforming the park into a nighttime Christmas wonderland.
The Place des cocotiers was divided into several distinct and differently themed zones, which we identified by assigning specific colours to the street lights within the park. In the Place Feuillet around the bandstand we installed a series of powerful searchlights that the public were able to control and created stunning beam formations in the night sky. Christmas messages projected on the ground allowed families and friends to take photographs of themselves sharing the Christmas spirit.
The Celeste Fountain received a temporary makeover with lighting, texture and colour, while the magnificent shade trees in the surrounding Place Corbet were up-lit in a beautiful and ethereal way. Across from the park, the Musee de la Ville was adorned with a series of decorative projection treatments.
The Place de la Marne was transformed by colourful animated projections on the ground, with "trompe l'oeil" designs giving the illusion of three-dimensional scenes and fun games in which children chased moving characters. Further along at the Square Olry, we created "La forêt enchantée" (The Enchanted Forest) in which projections of small creatures appeared and disappeared amongst clouds of mist. Lighting vines hung from the looming trees above, creating a mysterious and wondrous adventure especially for little ones.
From an interactive kiosk situated in the Square Olry, Noumeans were able to decorate their Town Hall with our fun and engaging FingerPaint™ experience. Selecting from themes such as the sea, Christmas and creatures and plants, event-goers young and old were able to build a unique projection picture onto the high wall of the "Hôtel de Ville".
12 December 2014
TEC returns to Brisbane City Hall for Christmas
Brisbane Marketing asked us to produce a sequel to last year's projection story, based on the adventures of Clara the Doll and her Nutcracker soldier. Our talented artists have used a variety of innovative animation techniques to create a spectacular show set to a sweeping soundtrack sprinkled with extracts from Tchaikovsky's classic score.
5 December 2014
Perth's GPO is wrapped up for Christmas
This year's projections have taken on a narrative approach, with the whimsical tableaux depicting one of Santa's helpers who decides to sneak onto his sleigh at Christmastime and explore the goings-on of a snowy little town on Christmas eve.
28 November 2014
TEC creates Christmas magic in Melbourne
The crowds delighted in this fun and colourful show, set to a custom soundtrack, based on the adventures of a Christmas elf who travels the world delivering holiday greetings to children around the globe.
Dior Coombs, Premier Event Manager for the City of Melbourne comments, "The Electric Canvas orchestrated the seamless delivery of City of Melbourne’s 2014 Christmas Festival Projections...the creative content developed by The Electric Canvas produced yet another spectacular show, reflecting Melbourne’s multiculturalism and embracing the traditions of Christmas. The technical efficiency of the team was evident from briefing, throughout the bump in, during testing and delivery. The City of Melbourne have been delighted with the service provided by The Electric Canvas."
27 November 2014
Multi-site Christmas projections in Sydney
New to the City's festive line-up this year is a playful animated projection with accompanying soundtrack onto two of the buildings at the King Street entrance of Pitt Street Mall. And for the tenth consecutive year, the George Street façade and clock tower of Sydney Town Hall is adorned with beautiful decorative PIGI projections. Both works are inspired by this year's City of Sydney Christmas icon – the Christmas Tree.
24 October 2014
TEC colours Brisbane for G20 Cultural Celebrations
The Electric Canvas was appointed by the Queensland State Government to create several projection works onto some of Brisbane’s most iconic buildings including Parliament House, the Treasury Hotel, the Old State Library, the Pullman Hotel and the William Jolly Bridge. We also provided equipment and technical support for an interactive projection piece at the Commissariat Store.
“The Changing Face of Brisbane” is a son et lumière presented on the façade of the Treasury Hotel that celebrates the evolution of the city through the magic of light and images, accompanied by the majestic sounds of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and Opera Queensland. Across Queen’s Park, the Old State Library reveals a series of captivating images featuring the rich history of Queensland. At Parliament House, we’ve taken the G20 agenda – open data, economy, population, employment, tax, trade and the list goes on – added a dash of wit, a healthy dose of colourful animation and vibrant music and mixed them all together to create an exciting interpretation of Brisbane and Queensland’s place within the global community. At King George Square the façade of the Pullman Hotel comes alive with images of quintessential Queensland on display. Spanning the Brisbane River, the William Jolly Bridge is also brought to life with a series of Queensland themed images.
16 October 2014
TEC creates "Out of Place" for SIGNAL Festival in Prague
A rising star amongst European lighting festivals, SIGNAL attracted over 460,000 visitors over the four day period. "Out of Place" attracted huge crowds to Marianske Square in front of the Library and was one of four projection mapping shows throughout the city.
We decided to literally play with the architectural detail of the building, notably the six allegorical statues representing the arts and industry. The visual style of the show featured hand drawn and hand animated characters interacting with a 3D CG environment. To complete the immersive audience experience, we also composed a custom soundtrack featuring an upbeat musical bed punctuated with a myriad of amusing sound effects. Audiences laughed along with the quirky statue characters as they tried to find their way back to their rightful places on the balcony.
25 August 2014
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18 July 2014
YEAH AIDS2014 Hamer Hall Projections
We created an engaging digital projection showcase for YEAH entitled, "Honouring the Past & Hope for the Future: Toward an HIV Free Generation" that lit up the façade of the Arts Centre’s Hamer Hall for five evenings.
The projections incorporated images from the Australian AIDS Memorial Quilt (Honouring the Past) and showcased works exploring the theme of Hope for the Future, submitted by artists from Melbourne and her six sister cities: Thessaloniki, St.Petersburg, Osaka,Tianjin, Boston and Milan. The works also incorporated quotes from international leaders including President Barack Obama and Executive Director of UNAIDS Michel Sidibe, on their vision of an HIV-free generation.
Click on the link below to watch YEAH's stop-motion film of the projections.
28 June 2014
Christmas in July at Sovereign Hill
Sovereign Hill in Ballarat is Australia’s foremost outdoor museum, recreating the town's first ten years after the discovery of gold in 1851. Their "Christmas in July" event transformed the historical setting of the township into a winter wonderland, with pine trees and colourful decorations lining the streets and traditional carollers spreading Christmas cheer.
By night, as the sun set and faux snowflakes fell, Main Street was metamorphosed by The Electric Canvas with captivating architectural projections inspired by Christmas onto a total of eleven buildings. We also composed a magical soundscape to accompany the images and motifs that bathed Sovereign Hill in light and colour.
Jeremy Johnson, CEO of Sovereign Hill comments, "Our audiences were entranced and in particular, it reinforced our brand image of being a magical and special place for children... I am very proud of what we have collectively achieved."
23 May 2014
The Star shines bright at VIVID Sydney
The creative brief was to capture ‘the thrill of Sydney’ and showcase The Star’s role as a major contributor to Sydney’s exciting lifestyle. The essence of Sydney was reflected using the colours, textures, patterns and iconography of our beloved harbour city. Featuring spectacular colours and vibrant graphics, the animation was sculpted to the fabric of the building and visible from within The Star’s precinct as well as from many vantage points across the city.
The project had many technical challenges, starting with the carefully considered placement of the projection equipment on the rooftop of the property to provide optimal coverage and brightness. We also meticulously masked the 128 room windows on the facade so as not to disturb guests in the Astral Tower - and are proud to attest that not one complaint of stray light entering into a room was received during the entire festival.
23 May 2014
Australian National Maritime Museum at VIVID 2014
This compelling four-and-a-half minute show, accompanied by a an original soundtrack, conveyed the majesty and mystery of whales, cetaceans and other marine life. Over the VIVID period the show was seen by thousands of people in hotels and bars along King Street Wharf, in Darling Harbour and pedestrian traffic across Pyrmont Bridge.
25 April 2014
Anzac Day commemorations
The NSW Government appointed us to create a poignant backdrop of projection for Sydney's Anzac Day commemorations on the façade of Challis House. Archival images taken from the NSW State Library and Australian War Memorial were used to create projections mapped to the architecture, which were displayed from sunset on the eve of Anzac Day all the way through the Dawn Service the following morning.
In Canberra, images depicting the faces of Anzac service men and women and battlefield names spanning the history of Australia's wartime experience were projected onto the Australian War Memorial in the lead up to the Dawn Service and again on the night of Anzac Day. We were proud to collaborate once again with the Australian War Memorial on this important occasion.
28 February 2014
The Electric Canvas returns to Enlighten
It is always an honour to participate in Enlighten, where we have the privilege of transforming Canberra's Parliamentary Triangle with spectacular imagery and animation.
2014 was no exception, with projections on the façades of Parliament House, the Museum of Australian Democracy, the National Library of Australia and the National Portrait Gallery. Along with creating original projection works for each of the buildings, The Electric Canvas helped translate the work of contemporary artists from around the country into exciting architectural projections. On the National Gallery of Australia, we adapted the spectacular golden treasures and ancient artefacts from the "Gold and the Incas: Lost worlds of Peru" exhibition.
New to Enlighten 2014 was our "FingerPaint™" interactive projection experience, which allowed Canberrans to design their own architectural projections onto the façade of Questacon.
The Electric Canvas brought another interactive installation to Enlighten with "Circle of Light", featuring twelve robotic searchlights arranged in a circular formation to create an astounding luminary attraction. Sending pencil thin beams into the night sky, the searchlights were visible across the city. Audiences will be able to play with its colour and movement by manipulating controls to command this dynamic light sculpture.
22 February 2014
Over half a million people came out to experience the second White Night Melbourne in late February, breaking the inaugural event's already astounding attendance record.
The Electric Canvas brought the "Wonderland" precinct to life, with projections evoking carnivals and funfairs of past and present. Architectural projections were mapped onto the façades of six contiguous buildings along Flinders Street, as well as the entrance façade of Flinders Street Station and a 90m long stretch of the Station wall. The Station's copper dome was also brought to life with a looping animated sequence.
Our proprietary "FingerPaint™" interactive experience was a great hit with event goers of all ages who got to design their own architectural projection onto St. Paul's Chapter House.
Melbourne's arts precinct was renamed "Tattooed City" for the event, with a special digital projection of the same name displayed on the exterior walls of the National Gallery of Victoria. White Night's Artistic Director, Andrew Walsh, curated the piece to pay homage to the ever-increasing popularity of tattoos in Melbourne. Images of tattooed Melburnians, up close and personal, were captured by Melbourne-based photographer Nicole Reed and then transformed into an animated treatment by The Electric Canvas.
2 February 2014
Chinese New Year Twilight Parade 2014
The Electric Canvas created a striking projected background for the rocking horses, jockeys and giant trojan horse that paraded through the streets of Sydney's Chinatown in front of the 100,000 strong crowd. The Parade, which grows bigger and brighter every year, started at Town Hall and weaved its way through Chinatown before finishing with fireworks at Cockle Bay.
13 December 2013
TEC lights up Brisbane City Hall for Christmas
Every 15 minutes from 7:30pm to midnight, we transformed King George Square into a giant outdoor theatre via 3D projection mapping and a bespoke soundtrack to produce an enchanting Christmas tale onto the façade of Brisbane City Hall.
Inspired by the characters from the Queensland Ballet's "Nutcracker", the audience followed the Nutcracker and Clara the Doll on their adventures in Santa's Clockwork Christmas Toy Factory. An initiative of Lord Mayor Graham Quirk, the sound and light spectacular was a must-see on the city's Christmas event calendar.
28 November 2013
A new Christmas show for Sydney Town Hall
The annual projections onto the George Street façade of the Town Hall and its majestic clock tower have become one of the city's not-to-be-missed festive highlights.
In 2013, for the first time, the public were also treated to an animated digital projection show with soundtrack around the corner in Sydney Square. The 5½-minute show took the audience on Santa’s Christmas Eve journey and culminates with the joy of Christmas Day celebrations. Sydney Square became a family-friendly event area where the public could gather in a safe environment to enjoy the projections. The show ran every 15 minutes and was interspersed with live musical performances.
20 November 2013
TEC wins at Australian Event & APDG Awards
At the Australian Event Awards we were presented with Best Achievement for Design, Look or Theming for our work on the inaugural White Night Melbourne. The Australian Production Design Guild awarded us with two prizes - both for our work on "The Nights Before Christmas" for the City of Melbourne - Best Design on an Event and the Drawing Award (Concept, Storyboard, Character, 3D Computer).
Click on the links below to view the videos of our winning entries.
19 November 2013
Place Projections public art in Sydney
Running nightly until February 2014, "born in darkness before dawn, 2013" is a series of sepia-rich images featuring Aboriginal women draped in cloth imbued with traces of mineral and plant specimens. The work is part of Place Projections for the City of Sydney's Eora Journey, which celebrates the living culture of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community in Sydney.
Ms. Foreshew comments, "The work explores the importance of engagement between material culture and people today, translating concepts of place and tracing personal histories and connections to various communities in New South Wales. Women – family, friends and people I know from Sydney and Western Sydney were invited to place themselves into the cloth. These women have impacted on my understanding of ‘place’."
Please click below for more information.
15 November 2013
Decking the halls at the Perth GPO
We were honoured to be invited back by the City of Perth to create stunning Christmas projections onto the GPO building in Forrest Place.
This year's projections portray the story of a brother and sister as they eagerly look forward to Christmas day.
Fun and entertaining for all ages, the projections will run nightly from 7:00pm to midnight until the 1st of December.
7 November 2013
TEC nominated 4 times for Australian Production Design Guild Awards 2013
We are already proud of the APDG Best Design on an Event Award we won in 2012 for our work on "City Life" for Vivid Sydney. Here are our nominations for this year's Awards:
- Best Design on an Event for "The Nights Before Christmas" (City of Melbourne)
- Best Design on an Event for "Colours of India" (Australian National Maritime Museum)
- Drawing Award (Concept, Storyboard, Character, 3D Computer) for "Waves of Migration" (Australian National Maritime Museum)
- Drawing Award (Concept, Storyboard, Character, 3D Computer) for "The Nights Before Christmas" (City of Melbourne)
9 October 2013
The Electric Canvas nominated at the 2013 Australian Event AwardsCelebrating 23 categories from Australia’s thriving events industry, the Australian Event Awards celebrates the best in community, corporate, charity and major cultural and sporting events across Australia. Finalists and winners will be celebrated at the Australian Events Industry night of nights at Doltone House, Hyde Park in Sydney on 19th November 2013.
24 August 2013
The Electric Canvas brings home an AVIA AwardOur AVIA for Best Application of AV in a Production was for "The Nights Before Christmas", at the Melbourne Town Hall last December. The Electric Canvas delivered a complete projection solution, from technical projection design, to creative content design and production, all the way through to technical and infrastructure supply and on-site delivery. It's fantastic to be acknowledged for all the hard work that goes on behind the scenes. Congratulations to all our fellow award recipients and nominees.
12 June 2013
FingerPaint allows participants to express themselves through a tactile finger-painting experience. The system can be adapted to a large variety of sites and can be programmed with stock or custom content themed to an event or occasion.
1 June 2013
Adelaide Festival Centre 40th
The Adelaide Festival Centre's 40th anniversary celebrations were officially launched by Barry Humphries, who flicked the switch on the "House Lights" projections. Four decades of arts and entertainment history at the Festival Centre are represented in spectacular imagery, mapped onto the geometric forms of the roof every night throughout the month of June.
28 May 2013
Projecting for The Celebrity Apprentice
The celebrities' challenge, to promote the BlackBerry Z10 smartphone, was to create an original architectural projection show with the striking façade of Sydney's Hyde Park Barracks as a backdrop. Each team was tasked with capturing photo and video content using their new smartphones, which The Electric Canvas' artists helped them incorporate into the design of a 90 second large-scale projection show. The 2-day long challenge culminated in each team's projection show being played at Hyde Park Barracks to an excited audience of the celebrities' friends and fans of the show.
Click on the link below to view the episode.
17 May 2013
The Electric Canvas returns to VIVID
Using a large touch screen, people of all ages can create their own architectural projection at Cadman's Cottage. With a variety of themes, tools and pallets the participant is able to select different architectural regions and then apply textures and animations to the cottage in real time. At the conclusion of each timed session, a photo of each artwork is pushed to a Twitter account where the pictures can be viewed, downloaded or retweeted.
10 May 2013
TEC helps celebrate 125 years of PLC Sydney
he Electric Canvas created a series of colourful projections onto the façade of stately College Hall, presenting images of the prestigious school's history, values, and achievements over the past 125 years.
24 April 2013
ANZAC Day projections
From midnight leading up to the Dawn Service, images depicting the faces of service men and women selected from the Memorial's rich photographic collection and battlefield names spanning the history of Australia's wartime experience were projected onto the Memorial building in front of the parade ground.
Click below to view the War Memorial's photo collection from the event.
23 March 2013
Beaming up Star Trek: Into Darkness
We created amazing projections onto the buildings across from the Event Cinema on George Street for the Australian premiere of Paramount Pictures' movie "Star Trek: Into Darkness". Here are some of our favourite shots of the projections which featured scenes and images from the film.
10 March 2013
Canberra gets Enlightened
As with 2012, five local artists of diverse genres were selected to be mentored by The Electric Canvas who helped adapt the artists' work into stunning architectural projections.
This year our “canvasses” were the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, the National Portrait Gallery, the National Library of Australia and Questacon, the National Science and Technology Centre. The National Gallery of Australia was the fifth architectural icon, where The Electric Canvas' artists took assets from the touring Toulouse-Lautrec exhibition and applied them to the architecture to bring the collections outside to the public.
26 February 2013
The Electric Canvas at White Night Melbourne
The Electric Canvas was the principal production partner for the event and provided a large footprint of building projections over two major precincts.
Six adjacent building facades in Flinders Street, including the iconic Forum Theatre, bore architectural projection with a sequence of twelve scenes repeating throughout the evening. An animated mapped projection on St Paul’s Chapter House was a hit with viewers of all ages. Flinders Street Station was transformed into the “Theatre of Dreams”, where bands played throughout the evening. Framed with projected scenery, the classic station façade was transformed into a curtain-draped theatre proscenium with animated copper dome above. Across the Princess Bridge, The Electric Canvas illuminated the entire length of the National Gallery of Victoria’s façade with adaptations of the Neo-Impressionists and other works from the gallery’s collections.
Twenty-nine projection structures were deployed over the 3-day set up period with our crews working long hours on projector alignment and image programming. When the event concluded at 7am on Sunday morning the mammoth task of dismantling the equipment began at full pace in order to transport the equipment overnight to Canberra for our next project.
17 February 2013
Chinese New Year Twilight Parade 2013
Over 3,500 performers weaved their way along the parade route, cheered on by an excited crowed of over 100,000 who came out to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year. We projected vibrant images depicting the cultural diversity of Sydney’s Asian community onto four buildings along George Street, creating a stunning backdrop to the floats, lanterns and dancers.
10 January 2013
A Melbourne Town Hall Christmas
We transformed the façade of the Melbourne Town Hall into a Christmas fantasyland with a magical 3D mapping show entitled “The Nights Before Christmas”.
Using 3D modelling and POV techniques, the team at The Electric Canvas created seven and a half minutes of magic, accompanied by an enchanting soundtrack and mapped to the detailed architecture of the Swanston Street monument.
A veritable technical and artistic feat, "The Nights Before Christmas" received a huge public response, with large crowds showing their appreciation after each performance. The event commenced on 30th November and ran every ten minutes from 8:30pm until 11pm each night including Christmas.
6 December 2012
Brookfield heritage Christmas projections in Perth
The Electric Canvas were delighted when asked to create a projection show onto five of Brookfield Place's beautifully restored heritage sites over the holiday period. The façades of the Old Perth Boys School, Old Perth Technical School, WA Trustees Building, Royal Insurance Building and Newspaper House were revealed in a different light with stunning Christmas projections running nightly from 6 to 25 December.
29 November 2012
Christmas at Sydney Town Hall
The annual Christmas projections by The Electric Canvas onto Sydney Town Hall have become one of the city's not-to-be-missed festive events. Despite the challenges of major restoration work to the clocktower and left façade of the building, as well as the high level of ambient light at the site, the Town Hall sparkled once again this holiday season to the delight of locals and tourists alike.
The projections ran from 29 November through to 25 December inclusive.
16 November 2012
Turning on Perth's Christmas Lights
The Electric Canvas was appointed by the City of Perth to transform the GPO and Forrest Place into a Christmas wonderland, thanks to some stunning large-format projection. This was the first time that projection had been used in the city’s Christmas lights event, with scenes varying from giant stained glass windows, to a rich forest of native karri trees, to a pristine WA beach seen from a bird’s eye view. The exciting projections marked the start of six weeks of Perth’s festive celebrations.
Photography by Robert Fyfe, Art Photography
25 May 2012
The Electric Canvas Presents "City Life"
The Electric Canvas presents "City Life" as part of Vivid Sydney. Using the ornate architecture of Customs House as a skeleton, an elaborate city within a city is created. As the morning sun rises, the buildings, streets, overpasses and infrastructure emerge out of Customs House, like an organism coming to life. Hundreds of people, cars, buses and trains traverse the city. Mercurial weather patterns, traffic lights flashing, horns honking, the everyday hustle and bustle.
Delving deeper into the heart of this amazing organism, the city's inhabitants go about their daily lives. Connected and disconnected. Individual and collective. Mundane routine gives way to magic, and the city offers up unexpected and delightful surprises. Day meets night, the shadows lengthen and so the pulse, colour and mood of the city changes as it winds down.
Extraordinary things happen in this miniature city. Watch the imposing architecture of Customs House playfully transformed by The Electric Canvas through the mastery of 3D mapping and sound.
2 March 2012
Enlighten, Canberra Festival 2012Some of our favourite photos of Questacon and Museum of Australian Democracy.
2 March 2012
Enlighten, Canberra Festival 2012Some of our favourite photos of National Gallery of Australia, National Library of Australia, and National Portrait Gallery.
22 February 2012
NRL 2012 Season Launch
The National Rugby League launched its 2012 season with a fiery spectacular to coincide with the opening of their new headquarters at Moore Park.
Using 3D mapping techniques we created an animated montage of team colours, action packed player imagery and an extreme treatment of the 2012 TV ad campaign, all of which were emblazoned across the façade of the new building. “Welcome to Our House” was a resounding crowd pleaser.
It was a pleasure working with the team from Cambridge Events to help deliver an amazing evening for the NRL.
29 January 2012
Chinese New Year Twilight Parade 2012
Sydney’s Chinese New Year celebrations get bigger and brighter each year. This years’ Twilight Parade celebrated the Year of the Dragon with almost 3000 performers parading through the city and on to Chinatown. An estimated crowd of 100,000 enthusiastic people lined the route.
The Electric Canvas projected on to four buildings along the parade route including the Town Hall that was treated to 3D-mapped digital projection for the very first time. Our designers and animators created bold, and vibrant imagery reflecting the colour and diversity of Sydney’s Asian community.
11 November 2011
Sriwijaya - A Golden Peninsula
The 26th South East Asian Games got off to a spectacular start with the Opening Ceremony in Palembang.
It was a celebration of Indonesian culture watched by some 16,000 stadium spectators and a global broadcast audience in the millions.
We created an hour of digital content and our field of play projections provided an amazing backdrop for the cast as they brought the history and stories of Sriwijaya A Golden Peninsula to life.
1 November 2011
South East Asian Games
The Electric Canvas is thrilled to announce it has been appointed by the Indonesia South East Asian Games Organising Committee (INASOC) to provide projection services for Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 26th SEA Games in Palembang Indonesia.
As well providing the equipment and our technical expertise in the area of digital projection systems, our design team is creating the visual content for the Field of Play Projections. Working closely with the creative team from INASOC we have designed imagery that reflects the rich diversity of Indonesia’s culture, creating a visual feast that will delight the audience.
Once again we will be using 32 digital projectors to deliver a seamlessly blended image covering an area of 2600 sq m on the field-of-play that will help transform the stadium into an arena of magic.
6 October 2011
Cacophony – the Art of Conflict
Imagine, if you will, a conversation between two buildings - connected by purpose, separated by function. How are the differences and similarities expressed through the flow and ebb of their engagement with each other?
By clever and often witty mixing of music, sound and 3D projection mapping, Hammer Hall and the State Theatre came to life in a ‘Cacophony’ of sound and rich visuals for two weeks during the Melbourne International Arts Festival.
The Electric Canvas was excited to receive the invitation to contribute to the festival's outdoor program. It was an amazing opportunity to showcase the depth of our technical and artistic talent for Melbourne audiences and festival patrons alike.
19 September 2011
Festival of Carnivale - Illuma
New Zealand is a nation that loves Rugby. As part of the celebrations for the 2011 Rugby World Cup, Wellington City Council created a temporary fan site down on the water front.
The Electric Canvas was brought on board by Inside Out Productions (IOP) to help create the night time festive atmosphere. Our brief was to provide a series of architectural decorative projections on to 5 selected buildings within the fan site for two weeks over September and October. Te Papa Tongarewa, the Boat Shed, the Rowling Club, the NZ Stock Exchange and the St John bar were transformed through the visual illusion of projection.
27 May 2011
"Unfamiliar Customs" Vivid 2011
Nothing is as it seems as one of Sydney’s most stunning colonial buildings, Customs House, is brought to life in "Unfamiliar Customs".
The show transmutes Custom House's sandstone form using the elements and physical-world influences that it has defiantly resisted since it was honed from the sandstones of Sydney over 160 years ago. Colourful animated sequences both celebrate and mock the iconic architecture in playful and delightful ways that challenge the viewer to look beyond the familiar towards the unfamiliar.
Customs House was once the gateway to the city, but as Sydney grew, a railway station and elevated road separated it and the city from its famous waterfront. Working with a 3D model of Customs House, we created animations that focused the audiences attention back onto this elaborate facade.
27 May 2011
Light the Sails
The Electric Canvas continued it’s support of Vivid Live by providing the seamless technical delivery of the projections on to the sails of the Sydney Opera House.
French design collective Superbien were the artists commissioned to create this years projections. ‘La Macula’ was an artwork that played across the iconic architecture in humorous and psychedelic electropop explosion of light.
It was a great opportunity to exchange ideas on different approaches to technical and artistic challenges presented when projecting 3D images.
14 March 2011
See Canberra In A Whole New Light
For nine nights in March 2011 as part of the Enlighten Festival, four of Canberra's most iconic buildings were transformed into beautiful and unexpected art by The Electric Canvas.
Festival creators, Australian Capital Tourism, have enabled The Electric Canvas to apply the remarkable creative talents and technical skill of our team on to the facades of the Museum of Australian Democracy (Old Parliament House) and the National Library of Australia for the first time. And once again Parliament House and the National Gallery of Australia were bathed in the luminosity of projections.
Changing the public's perception of Canberra's more than familiar national landmarks, and using transformative treatments, thematic designs, and purely decorative artwork, the Enlighten projections engage the public, encouraging the viewer to see their physical environment in a whole new light.
8 December 2010
The Lights of Christmas 2010
The Lights of Christmas is a new Sydney event and the brainchild of Anthony Bastic of AGB Events. The Electric Canvas was invited to create and project digital animations onto Sydney's iconic St Mary's Cathedral and Hyde Park Barracks every night from 8th December until Christmas Night 2010.
The brief was to capture the unique beauty and spirit that is Christmas in Sydney and to present an original, sophisticated and contemporary event for the people of Sydney. Consistently large crowds attended the event each night with many returning again and again to view the projections.
Performances by some of Sydney’s best choral groups preceded the nightly architectural projections that ran from 8pm until midnight.
Photography by Giles Westley
2 December 2010
FIFA 2018 & 2022 Host Nation Announcements 2-3 December 2010
In anticipation of the announcements of the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cup host nations, The Electric Canvas projected images onto Sydney's iconic Harbour Bridge pylons and the Sydney Opera House.
The Sails of the Opera House were transformed into enormous rotating soccer balls whilst the Pylons of the bridge were illuminated with images capturing the spirit of the Australian World Cup bid. Messages of congratulations we projected when the winning bidders were finally announced.
30 November 2010
Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge turn red
As part of the global campaign by Product (RED) in the fight against AIDS, the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge Pylons were bathed in red light by The Electric Canvas on the eve of World AIDS Day.The enormous arch of the bridge was lit by lighting company 32 hundred for the occasion.
14 x 20,000 ANSI Lumen digital projectors and 16 x 80,000 ANSI Lumin pigi projectors were used to achieve full coverage at 5 different projection sites.
18 November 2010
Sydney Townhall Christmas 2010
The Electric Canvas's Christmas projections onto the Sydney Town Hall took on a new dimension this year, for the first time covering the entire facade with themed treatments and scrolling effects.
The projection artwork celebrated City of Sydney's themes Hope, Love, Peace and Joy.
10 November 2010
Remembrance DayFrom dusk on the evening of the 10th of November until dawn on Remembrance Day the striking Anzac War Memorial in Hyde Park was illuminated with a single poppy that was captured in the Lake of Reflections. The projection was repeated again that evening as a continuation of the commemorations.
17 October 2010
Canonisation of Blessed Mary MacKillop
The Electric Canvas was engaged to project images onto both pylons of the Sydney Harbour Bridge as part of the celebrations leading up to the Canonisation of Blessed Mary MacKillop on Sunday 17 October 2010.
This represents the first time ever that top to bottom digital projections have been applied to both the North and South pylons of the Harbour Bridge. The projections utilised 26 x 20,000 ANSI Lumen digital projectors achieving an image intensity of 120 lux.
Once the decision had been made to go ahead with the projections, our art department had less than a week to create a visual story incorporating five portraits of Mary MacKillop, supplied by the Sisters of Saint Joseph, and structured around the themes of Humble Beginnings, Inspiration, Coming of Age, Leadership and Legacy.
7 October 2010
2010 Australian Event Awards
The Electric Canvas is thrilled to announce that our work on Macquarie Visions has been recognised with two awards at the 2010 Australian Event Awards. These awards are, Best Achievement in Design, and Best Achievement in Technical Production.
Macquarie Visions was a rewarding project to work on both technically and creatively. We are proud to have been part of the great team of people brought together by Anthony Bastic from AGB Events, and Caroline Grant from Avviso to help realise their vision of celebrating Governor Macqaurie's contributions towards shaping our nation.
We would also like to congratulate all of the other finalists and winners for their outstanding work within the event industry.
30 September 2010
NRL Grand Final Footy Fever Hits The Harbour Bridge!
As part of the 2010 NRL Grand Final festivities, The Electric Canvas projected a series of ‘Memorable Moments’ from Rugby Leagues history on to the Southern Pylon of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
On the first night of projection cheers and jeers were heard from the opposing fans as they watched their heroes from the St George Dragons and the Sydney Roosters appear on the pylon as if they were giants among men and larger than life.
27 September 2010
A New Look For The National Gallery of Australia
The Electric Canvas was delighted once again to work with AGB Events. This time we headed to Canberra and the National Gallery of Australia for the opening of its new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art galleries, and its new entrance.
As part of the celebrations for the opening of the new wing we used a combination of Digital and PIGI Projection technologies to help highlight the striking ‘brutalist’ architecture of the gallery.
We took a simple "less is more" approach to the projections by using selected artworks from the NGA’s impressive collection and adapted them to the exterior ‘canvas’ provided by the building.
13 September 2010
Sydney Olympic Games 10th Anniversary Projections
In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and to say thank you to the thousands of volunteers, The Electric Canvas was invited by City of Sydney to project artwork capturing the spirit of "The Best Olympic Games Ever" onto Sydney Town Hall.
27 August 2010
Australian Event Awards Finalist - The Electric Canvas
Exciting news for The Electric Canvas, the Finalists for the 2010 Australian Event Awards have been announced.
We are finalists for three awards:
Best Achievement in Technical Production
The Electric Canvas for their work on Macquarie Visions
The Electric Canvas for their work on Vivid Live
Best Achievement in Design
The Electric Canvas for their work on Macquarie Visions
Macquarie Visions is a finalist for the Best New Event award, and we are proud to have worked with AGB Events, on such an outstanding project.
24 August 2010
The Electric Canvas On YouTube
Check out our new YouTube Page.
More edits of our work will be uploaded soon.
25 June 2010
Luminary celebrated the bicentennial of Governor Lachlan Macquarie’s eleven year tenure as the fifth governor of NSW and his influence on the settlements around Parramatta. Presented as a narrative streetscape, Luminary applied both Digital and PIGI projection onto five significant public buildings in Parramatta -Westpac Bank, Brislington House, Government House, Lachlan Macquarie Chambers, Law Courts Clock Tower.
Over a three week production period The Electric Canvas created site specific treatments using research and relevant materials from the Macquarie Visions project whilst adding content and themes specific to the local area and its history.
Photography by First Light Photography
27 May 2010
Vivid Live 2010
The VIVID festival has just completed its second year and continues to go from strength to strength. As in 2009, The Electric Canvas was asked to apply our large-scale projection experience to illuminate the sails of the iconic Sydney Opera House from all sides.
This year’s guest artist was Laurie Anderson who has long experience with projected video, albeit on a more modest scale. Unlike the graphic designs that were projected during the 2009 festival, Anderson’s work called for playback of video animations prompting an entirely different technical and creative approach.
The Sydney Opera House is a three-dimensional structure that changes its personality and form when experienced from different vantage points around the harbour. The classic postcard view from the western shore of Circular Quay is just one of many ways this magnificent structure interacts with its environment.
In the world of large-scale video projection, common formats such as “High Definition” become meaningless and under-whelming. The Sydney Opera House is best served with images over 5,000 pixels wide, considerably more resolution than current digital cinema projection. It is this sharp definition that enhances the resonance of the images and contributes to the “apparent” brightness of the result.
Based on our initial meetings with Laurie Anderson, she decided that a high-resolution video shoot would be required using concepts created in the studio specifically for the Sydney Opera House project. The original material was shot on the super high res “Red” Camera, the closest digital version of a Hollywood film camera. Of course with all this super-high definition approach comes the legacy of enormous animation files, many gigabytes each. The Electric Canvas designed custom file templates and devised a workflow that broke down the components into manageable pieces allowing a more familiar process for the production artists and editors working with Laurie Anderson. Each sail was managed separately keeping the file sizes within reasonable limits. This approach also allowed for more flexibility on-site and was used to good effect to create additional material and compositions once the project was installed and running.
27 May 2010
Macquarie Visions Sydney 2010
Macquarie Visions celebrated the 200th anniversary of Lachlan Macquarie’s arrival in Sydney as New South Wales’ fifth governor. The event highlighted Lachlan Macquarie and his wife Elizabeth’s achievements over eleven amazing years, during which they instigated significant changes to the colony that have helped to shape our nation. The project was the brainchild of Anthony Bastic of AGB Events and Carolyn Grant of Avviso. The story of Macquarie Visions was focussed on the ceremonial axis of Sydney, Macquarie Street, and featured St Mary’s Cathedral, The Hyde Park Barracks, The Mint, Parliament House, The Mitchell Library and The Conservatorium of Music.
The Electric Canvas consulted on the creative opportunities presented by each site, and then recommended the best application of a variety of projection technologies to achieve the goals of the producers. Based on our venue surveys, detailed image templates were created for use in the design process.
Over an intense five-week production period, we brought to life a rich and complex visual treatment for Macquarie Visions, combining digital animations, architecturally accurate decorative stills, and scrolling image sequences. Using the client’s well-researched briefs, we interpreted a collection of historical documents and images into an accessible “Son et Lumiere” experience designed to engage a broad audience.
The Electric Canvas applied its creative and technical talent to create Macquarie Visions, capturing the unique beauty of that early colonial period, while achieving a modern look and experience.
Photography by Toby Dixon
Check out Indigo Zoom's beautiful film of Macquarie Visions and Vivid Live 2010. Shot with a DSLR over 4 weeks and cut to Marcus Schulz's Alpha State - Album Mix, this stunning work captures the beauty of our architectural projection, and its interaction with environment and people.
8 May 2010
Opening of AAMI Park Melbourne - 8 May 2010
The opening of the new AAMI football stadium in Melbourne was celebrated with a pre-match spectacular featuring the largest and brightest digital projection yet staged on a playing field in Australia.
The Electric Canvas provided the equipment and expertise to project a 50m x 35m high resolution digital video image onto the field, at 150 lux brightness, prior to the kick off of a test match between Australia and New Zealand.
An array for eighteen 20,000 ANSI lumen projectors were used under the control of our OnlyView media system. A giant live image window was planned to relay a shot of the stadium from the television helicopter however low cloud saw the the effect scrubbed at the last moment.
19 March 2010
Generation One Launch, Adelaide 2010
GenerationOne is a movement for all Australians to eliminate Indigenous poverty & disadvantage in our lifetime.
For the national launch of GenerationOne, The Electric Canvas was engaged by Inspire to create decorative treatments based on the GenerationOne's identity artwork, adapted for seven public buildings along the city’s North Terrace. The projections were seen as part of the final week of Northern Lights, Adelaide Festival of Arts 2010.
26 February 2010
Adelaide Festival of Arts , Northern Lights 2010In early 2010 The Electric Canvas presented “Northern Lights”, a multi-site architectural decorative streetscape that ran as part of the Adelaide Festival of the Arts. Due to public demand after its enormously popular debut in 2008, Northern Lights returned to the 2010 festival with new themes and designs influenced by incoming festival director Paul Grabowski. Merging the legacy of Adelaide’s floriade traditions with a suburban theme, the new designs added interesting transformations to this unique streetscape. As in 2008, we transformed The Institute, State Library of SA, The SA Museum, The Art Gallery of SA, The Mitchell Building, Elders Hall, and Bonythan Hall with the addition of an exciting new venue, Parliament House. The Parliament House projections utilised the rear façade that faces festival square and presented indigenous art from the Anangu Pitjanjatjara/Yankunytjatjara lands in South Australia's north west. In addition to a nightly image loop, an animated PIGI show was developed to accompany indigenous performances of the Liru Tjukurrpa, a story of ancient significance to the people of Ernabella a community positioned in the beautiful Musgrave Ranges.
1 February 2010
XXI Olympic Winter Games, Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Vancouver February 2010
The Electric Canvas projected images onto the entire 60,000 strong audience at the Vancouver 2010 opening and closing ceremonies.
After conducting a 3D laser survey of the venue, we created a 3D work workflow that allowed images and scrolling effects to be accurately mapped onto the spectators who were wearing light-coloured ponchos provided in their audience kits.
Thirty six PIGI projectors were provided and installed by ETC of Paris while The Electric Canvas designed the images, developed effects and produced the 72 film strips for the projectors. The PIGI projections had to work hand-in-hand with the cutting-edge digital projections that were the cornerstone of the show’s scenic component.
Colour and motion had to allow the audience projections to become an integrated extension of the stage and scenic projections.
5 December 2009
Illuminations, Noumea 2009
The Electric Canvas created a fifteen minute “Son et Lumiere” on one of Noumea's iconic colonial facades, Caserne Gally-Passebosc - the city's historic army barracks. The Electric Canvas designed and animated beautiful architecturally-accurate sequences and created an evocative soundscape for the piece.
Utilizing 3D animation and a wide range of 2D graphics and animation techniques we developed a richly decorative, sometimes transformative and often surprising public cultural event. Using OnlyView and Christie Roadster projectors The Electric Canvas delivered a vivid exciting event that captured the imagination and challenged the viewer.
30 November 2009
Illuminations, Noumea 2009
The Electric Canvas created a fifteen minute “Son et Lumiere” on one of Noumea's iconic colonial facades, Caserne Gally-Passebosc - the city's historic army barracks. The Electric Canvas designed and animated beautiful architecturally-accurate sequences and created an evocative soundscape for the piece.
Utilizing 3D animation and a wide range of 2D graphics and animation techniques we developed a richly decorative, sometimes transformative and often surprising public cultural event. Using OnlyView and Christie Roadster projectors The Electric Canvas delivered a vivid exciting event that captured the imagination and challenged the viewer.
7 September 2009
Deaflympics Opening Ceremony Taipei, Taiwan. 7 September 2009
The Opening Ceremony of the 2009 Deaflympics represented the largest international event ever staged in Taiwan. Under the watchful eye of legendary theatre and film writer/director, Stan Lai, the ambitious project incorporated numerous large scale stadia effects applied with the sensitivity of an intimate theatrical production set to a creative treatment bristling with fresh ideas and a playful twist.The Electric Canvas was asked to provide PIGI projection onto a 100m x 60m area of the stadium floor as well as a 30m x 20m digital projection onto the surface of the raised central stage. We visited the site to conduct a complete 3D laser survey of the stadium before designing the technical overlay and detailing the significant amount of infrastructure required to accurately position and protect 27 PIGI projectors and 16 Digital projectors. The Electric Canvas controlled the projections from our OnlyView system that also delivered content to stadium and scenic LED screens and to the host broadcaster.
14 June 2009
Luminous, Sydney Opera House May-June 2009
The Electric Canvas and our project partners, Big Picture, were engaged by the Sydney Opera House to provide high power projections for Luminous, curated by Brian Eno, part of the Vivid Sydney Festival and SmartLight Sydney.
Paintings selected from the artist's significant body of work were displayed in a continuously changing interaction that did not repeat over the course of the 21 day installation.
At Circular Quay, The Electric Canvas used an array of fourteen high powered data projectors from a distance of 450m. The Digital projections were controlled by the OnlyView timeline based media system that took care of all scaling and programming.
The artist insisted on the most energy efficient approach to the projections. The Electric Canvas' solution was demonstrated to provide maximum resolution with minimal lost footprint resulting in optimal brightness for minimum energy consumption.
The eastern side of the building was illuminated by PIGI filmstrip projectors working from an incredible 650m distance. Spectators from Mrs Macquaries Point saw a slowly scrolling montage composed of images from Eno's thirty year archives.
All electrical energy used for the Luminous projection was provided by Bio Diesel silenced portable generators.
13 June 2009
FACADE -Smart Light Sydney - 26 May - 14 June 2009
As a contributer to the recent Smart Light Sydney festival The Electric Canvas presented "Façade" - a series of architectural projections onto the Museum of Contemporary Art.
Smart Light Sydney set out to create an energy-neutral festival or light and art ideas in the background of the urban lightscape. "Facade" at the MCA is one of many stops along a Light Walk that stretches from Observatory Hill to the Sydney Opera House.
The Electric Canvas adapted several of the artworks of Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama whose exhibition "Mirrored Years" was resident at the MCA. With a further five projection designs of its own, The Electric Canvas will confirm the viable role of designed projection as an efficient and flexible technique in architectural illumination.
The eye-catching projections used three scrolling film projectors programmed for a repeating loop that ran from 6.00pm until Midnight each night of the festival.
25 May 2009
Smart Light Sydney - Light Walk
Fizzing virtual reality displays of animation, projection and video will cast Sydney's past, present and future in a spectacular and inspiring new light.
13 May 2009
Telecom NZ XT Network Launch
The Electric Canvas will stage projections onto the Auckland Town Hall as part of the launch ot Telecom NZ new XT network.
Fantasy transformations will bring the exterior of the Auckland Town Hall to life with a large scale multimedia production using synchronized architectural and high powered digital projections. From a licorice house filled with people dancing and partying to a windswept Cape complete with lighthouse and crashing waves, the installation is set to mesmerise from 15th to 19th May.
29 February 2008
The Electric Canvas has been commissioned by the Adelaide Bank Festival of Arts to illuminate seven iconic historical buildings along the city's North Terrace. Several colourful decorative and transformative treatments can be seen in continuous sequence nightly from February 29 until March 16 2008.
The buildings include the State Library of South Australia, the Institute Building, South Australian Museum, as well as the Art Gallery of South Australia, and three landmark university buildings including the Mitchell Building, Bonython Hall and Elder Hall.
1 February 2008
Northern Lights by the Electric Canvas
Adelaide's cultural institutions will become even more illuminating when their architectural facades are transformed with a kaleidoscope of projected images in Northern Lights.
1 February 2008
Color From The Adelaide Festival: Northern Lights
Light projection installations have been filling dark nights with radiant colors a lot in the past year. With the previously mentioned exhibit Evoke, by Usman Haque, who wrapped the facade of York Minister with projected colors that were sensitive to the sound waves created by people in the immediate area, to the recently ended Adelaide Festival exhibit, Northern Lights.
1 November 2006
15th Asian Games Opening Ceremony
Khalifer Stadium, Doha, Qatar 2007
For the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 2006 Asian Games, The Electric Canvas utilized forty-four PIGI projectors from France and almost a kilometre of PIGI film. This represented the largest number of PIGI projectors ever used on a single screen surface, with a total of 254 kilowatts delivering 350 000 lumens of light output.
The ceremony featured a fourteen thousand square metre image area displaying images and effects designed and tested with a PIgI simulator in Sydney, Australia. The show was installed and maintained by a crew of eight specialized technicians who syncronised the projection to the show using time-code.
30 March 2006
Louis Vuitton Party - Taipei
Taipei, Taiwan April 2006
To celebrate the opening of a new store in Taipei, LV threw one of their famous parties by taking over Chang Kai Shek Square.
A large party structure was built in front of the Memorial Hall to house over 2000 invitees who partied into the small hours. Guests were greeted on arrival by decorative architectural projections onto the 70m wide entrance gate. The centre-piece of the CKS site is the Memorial hall. Scrolling and decorative projection transformed the hall and the party structure set in front. Images featured Louis Vuitton branding as well as chrysanthemum motifs designed by local artist Michael Lin.
13 August 2005
2005 ISES ESPRIT Award Winner
The Electric Canvas has won the "Creative Solution" category of the 2005 ISES (International Special Events Society) Esprit Awards.
Our entry in the category was our projection for the Louis Vuitton 150th Anniversary Party in New York, where we overcame site limitations and obstructions using a variety of innovative techniques.
Winners were announced at ISES Esprit Awards Gala on August 13, 2005 in Los Angeles California.
15 December 2004
Cartier Store Launch
Shanghai China December 2004
When Cartier opened their latest store on the historic Bund in Shanghai, China, The Electric Canvas was asked to project some logos onto the building for the occasion. Using our custom built survey camera, we were able to do much more.
A template that accurately captured the intricate details of the building’s facade was created, and a series of 12 highly decorative treatments were prepared. Each was branded with the Cartier logo, and used Cartier jewellery as decorative elements.
A media awareness was generated by commencing the projection several nights before the opening party and inviting press to view this imposing Cartier light sculpture.
30 August 1999
Petronas twin towers
The world’s tallest building came alive when it was presented to the world amidst a display of scintillating fireworks and a spectacular light and sound show in an opening ceremony that was filled with pomp and splendor. Situated in a prime location in the capital, the gleaming 420m Petronas Twin Towers, a symbol of the nation’s soaring success, exemplified Malaysia’s sky-high ambitions towards the new millennium.